What is the one thing that comes to your mind when you think about the chilly winter? After that from a cup of hot chocolate and a good read by the window, of course! The first thing that usually pops up in your mind when you think about winter is the big warm fuzzy clothes you need to keep yourself cosy. It helps that winter fashion is extremely comfortable and chic too.
It may feel great to be all cuddled up and comfortable under those many layers of warm clothing, but there is a worryingly bigger pile of laundry to worry about as well. Not to mention, doing laundry in the winter certainly feels like a bigger chore than it actually is. This ends up in some of us repeating clothes without washing them, and that is just ew.
But back to being fashionable. Winter gives us the opportunity to flaunt all the beautiful shrugs, woollens and jackets from our closets. But we should remember that they need extra care while washing. Winter laundry is tricky and complicated. And for those of you who donʼt have the time or the patience… or for those of you who just love us, remember that Quiclo can take care of your winter wear, being the best dry cleaning service in Hyderabad.
As for the ones who want to take up this challenge themselves, we are leaving a few general tips and tricks for you to make sure your clothes are clean, hygienic and fresh in the winter season. These are also beneficial in terms of energy efficiency, cleanliness, hygiene and freshness.
- Always hand wash your knitted clothes with a few drops of liquid detergent in cold water. You can fill up a bucket with cold water, add a few drops of liquid detergent, and then gently wash your sweaters, woollens, mufflers, hoodies or other similar clothes. Once this is done, drain out the tub, refill it with cold water and repeat this until there is no soapiness left on the clothes. It is a strenuous process but worth it in keeping your clothes intact.
- You can machine wash your jackets and coats using cold water. This has to be done at least two times through the season. Keeping the machineʼs dryer on a low setting and adding a few tennis balls during the drying helps re-fluff your jackets.
- You can use your sweaters and jeans more than once in the season! You do not sweat much during the winter. So, please re-wear these clothes unless you stain them. Just toss them in the dryer on a low setting for a while with a dryer sheet ‒ this will keep them fresh forever.
- Wear extra layers beneath your jeans and sweaters. Added with the sweater and jeans, your thermals and t-shirts will keep you warm and keep your outer clothing layers fresher and free from any kind of odour.
- Clean mud and earthy slush stains at once. Please do not wait until the end of the season and let the stains set in and become impossible to remove. • The best way to dry your clothes during the winter is to hand them all up on the clothesline.
- Gloves, scarves and stoles need to wash at least once a month.
Now let’s get into the specifics.
▪ Wash care
We might now wash our woollens as much as regular clothes, but it is necessary to give them a proper wash once in a while. But we get it, our winter collections comprise various different materials like wool, cashmere, velvet and even fur, which all need different wash care. So let’s get to it.
▪ Cashmere: Even though instructions ask you to dry wash them, it is better to hand wash cashmere at home. Just use a baby shampoo or detergent (made just for woollens) to soak your cashmere clothes in cold water and then wash it off after a while.
▪ Woollens: Wash your woollens once at the start of the season and once at the end. Dry cleaning them is the best way to keep moths and other insects away. You can always send your woollens to the best dry cleaning online in Hyderabad, Quiclo.
▪ Velvets: If you have a velvet jacket or coat, you must always look into the instructions about how to care for it. For example, velvet in most cases can be dry-cleaned. But in the case of crushed velvet, it should only be machine washed.
▪ Drying them
Since woollen clothes soak up a lot of water, it is best not to hang them out for drying. That way, they become heavy, and hanging them can disfigure their shape. So the best way is just to dry them out on a flat surface at room temperature or in shaded sunlight. Please keep in mind that stowing away damp woollen can damage it because germs and bacteria build up in dampness.
There is a particular way to fold winter garments. If you donʼt fold them the right way, the clothes can develop creases in several places, which just look bad when worn next. For example, cashmere sweaters have to be folded in thirds, or else there will be a fold line running right through the middle of it. Again, in the case of jackets, do not fold them at all and put them on a hanger in the closet.
Taking proper measures to store your clothes is just as necessary as dry cleaning them. Since woollens need extra care and gentleness in handling them, remove them from their plastic covers after they come back from the laundry & dry cleaning store. Store them in your closet with ample spacing, do not dump too many clothes together since the garments need space to breathe. Stashing mothballs will keep the harmful insects away.
Applying heat directly to your woollens when they are dry can be disastrous. You should only steam-press them. Before you do that, ensure the sweater is inside out and you iron the inside of the clothes only. Remember to change the settings to WOOL before ironing.
▪ If there are small stains:
You most certainly need to send off your sweater to the dry cleaners if you spill something on them. Remember Quiclo, the best dry cleaning service in Hyderabad, has always got your back.
More than anything else, remember to read the instructions on their labels if you want to care for your winter clothes in the best way possible. This way, they will be as good as new for years to come.
There might be some things you know about that we missed, but these are the basic wash care that helps keep your laundry clean, fresh and hygienic in winter. Winter is coming. Are you ready for it yet?